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Famous five under excise lens on picnic weekends
- Special task force to haul up tipplers at Dimna & Hudco lakes, Burudih Dam, Narwapahar & Bhetiya Park

If guzzle gangs have spoiled your picnic fun in the past, rest assured they won’t this winter — at least in the city and its suburbs.

The East Singhbhum district administration has drawn up a squad of hot spot monitors to keep tipsy trouble-mongers on leash. The 25-member force, comprising inspectors, sub-inspectors and constables from the excise department, will keep a hawk’s eye on primarily five famed getaways — Dimna Lake in Patamda, Burudih Dam in Ghatshila, Narwapahar in Jadugoda, Hudco Lake in Telco and Bhetiya Park in Kadma — that hitherto lacked security.

Divided into half a dozen patrol teams, the “picnic cops” will keep vigil at these places every Saturday and Sunday from December 20, Friday, to January 31.

There will be twin surveillance shifts — one in the morning and the other in the evening, said assistant commissioner (excise) of Jamshedpur Rakesh Kumar.

“The morning teams will warn picnickers against consumption of alcohol in public places and creating nuisance. The evening teams will do a recce of the same spots; search vehicles and picnic paraphernalia; and if liquor bottles are found, prosecute the party concerned,” Kumar warned.

Drinking in public places and sparking ruckus can attract a maximum fine of Rs 10,000 and a jail term of three months.

Besides the lakes and hills, the excise team will also lay special focus on Jubilee Park in Bistupur although the city’s proudest green lung is well maintained by Tata Steel subsidiary Jusco and follows the basic security protocol for public amusement hubs.

In addition to the excise overdrive to secure picnic spots, SSP Amol V. Homkar too issued directives to respective police stations as well as the rural and city SPs to arrange for special deployment. The police teams will co-ordinate with the excise task force to ensure picnickers are not hassled.

“Apart from this, OCs have been asked to engage local youths as informers to help plan crackdown strategies, if necessary, and maintain law and order,” the SSP said.

Hudco Lake, 8km from the city on the fringes of Telco, is an artificial reservoir hemmed in by the hilly landscape of the Tata Motors township. A manmade waterfall is a big draw and the picnic spot witnesses a footfall of around 1,000 every winter weekend. Despite being maintained by Tata Motors, the lake area unfortunately has only one private security guard to man the main gate. There are no personnel inside the picnic area, which has a radius of 2km.

The 92sqkm Dimna Lake, 13km from the city, attracts nearly 6,000 picnickers on weekends, but has no guards so to say. The five posted by Jusco are restricted near the company’s installations.

The hilly haunt of Narwahpahar, embellished by a rivulet meandering through the dense Rajdoha forest, is in need of special vigil too. The spot, 18km off city, is currently dependent on patrolling by Jadugoda police, the thana being 5km away.

The 200-acre Jubilee Park, which has the zoo, a lake and an amusement park on its attractions list, is bang in the middle of the city and is the only one to enjoy mention-worthy police and private security cover. The park draws around 9,000 revellers during picnic weekends.